Ed Speleers to run London Marathon for YouthNet

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Friday 23rd July 2010

Actor Ed Speleers is to run the 2011 Virgin London Marathon in aid of charity YouthNet, and hopes to raise thousands of pounds for young people.

As YouthNet‘s Ambassador, Ed hopes to raise over £5,000 to help the charity continue to provide support to the thousands of 16 to 25 year-olds who visit its online service, TheSite.org, every month.

TheSite.org offers impartial, straight-talking and anonymous advice on the many problems young people face, whether it be a broken heart, pregnancy, or what to do if school or work is stressing you out. It does this through articles, blogs, podcasts and videos so that the facts are clear and help is easy to find.

Ed said of his decision: “I’m really pleased I can support YouthNet in this way – online is a great place to find guidance when you need it and the importance ofTheSite.org is that you know you’re getting impartial and reliable advice.

“Running the marathon is a daunting task, but I’m really looking forward to the day and I’m optimistic about getting a good time.”

Ed is currently filming UK feature film Angel’s Peak opposite Melissa George in Scotland. He is best known for playing the lead role in Eragon alongside Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Rachel Weisz.

Over the coming months, he will be training up before joining some 35,000 other runners who aim to complete the 26.2 mile route through the heart of the capital on April 17, 2011.

You can sponsor Ed by donating at his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Ed-Speleers.

You can also follow Ed’s progress and training pictures on his Facebook page:www.facebook.com/ejspeleers and also his blog: www.edspeleers.com/blog.

For more information about YouthNet, please visit www.YouthNet.org andwww.TheSite.org.

Media Enquiries:
For further media information or to arrange interviews please Gabriella Jozwiak or Sarah Wilson at YouthNet on 020 7250 5716 or out-of-hours on 07766 660 755.  Email media@youthnet.org.

Notes to editors

  • YouthNet is the UK’s first exclusively online charity and was founded by Martyn Lewis CBE in 1995.  It helps young people aged 16 to 25 make choices today for a brighter tomorrow by providing them with impartial information and support about anything and everything. YouthNet does this through three online services; the guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds TheSite.org, the UK’s leading volunteering website Do-it and the first port of call for work, study and training advice Lifetracks.com
  • TheSite.org provides essential, straight-talking, anonymous advice to young people aged 16 to 25 about the issues affecting their lives
  • Launched in 1995, TheSite.org is now visited by around 600,000 unique users each month
  • Ed Speleers became YouthNet‘s first Ambassador in March 2010. More information about his role and work for the charity is available on www.youthnet.org.
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